Friday, December 9, 2011

Candied Popcorn

I recently came across this cheerful recipe and thought I'd share it with you.  So fun to take along to Christmas celebrations where a 'smallish dessert' is needed.  It would also be fun for a Dr. Seuss or a Rainbow-themed Birthday Party.  Adapt the flavors to suit your taste or color needs; it's so simple!  You will need just three ingredients:

16-18  Cups  Popped Popcorn (unflavored, unsalted)
1  14-oz.  Sweetened Condensed Milk
1  3-oz.  box  Jello--flavor of your choice

Preheat oven to 250*.  Place Popcorn in a large, clean paper grocery bag and set aside.

Mix the Sweetened Condensed Milk and the Jello in a small saucepan; heat over medium heat until the Jello is dissolved, stirring often.  Watch carefully, as this can scorch!  When the Jello has fully dissolved, pour over the Popcorn and still well until all Popcorn is evenly coated.  Transfer Popcorn to a large, deep roaster which has been well coated with butter or non-stick spray (I use a deep foil lasagna pan).

Bake on the lowest oven rack for 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes.  Watch carefully; if the oven runs too hot or if the Popcorn is too close the element, it can scorch.

Turn out the baked Popcorn onto a sheet of foil which has been well coated with non-stick spray.  Enjoy when cool.  Store in a tightly sealed container.

Have fun coming up with color combinations.  Here are what some colors look like:

Strawberry Jello

Orange Jello

Lemon Jello

Lime Jello

Berry Blue Jello

Grape Jello 
This was originally a rather strange grey color; I added some food color to deepen the purple


I have adapted this from a recipe originally found on the Eagle Brand website.

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